ROLAND GARROS – A 500-level ATP Tour event went on in Hamburg nearly unnoticed, as a great final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev happened as the first day of Roland Garros got under way.
Nevertheless, it was a tournament in which a lot of players who might not normally play the week before a Grand Slam took part.
And it was a great opportunity for some players to earn some points (and prize money, of course).
ON THE UPSWING
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 11 ===========> No. 10 (The stalwart Spaniard is back in the top 10, bouncing new top-tenner Denis Shapovalov down to No. 11).
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 14 ===========> No. 12 (The Hamburg champion ties his career best, and could be a threat to make a nice run in Paris).
Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 22 ===========> No. 19 (Back into the top 20 for the Chilean, who has been quiet but still maintains his ranking. He lost to Tsitsipas in three close sets in the semis in Hamburg).
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 30 ===========> No. 25 (Another career high for the 21-year-old from Norway, who made the semis in Hamburg after reaching the semis in Rome and the third round at the US Open. He was at No. 37 before Flushing Meadows).
Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 41 ===========> No. 38 (A career high for the 22-year-old from France, who made the third round in Rome and the quarters in Hamburg, losing to Ruud in three sets after upsetting Daniil Medvedev in the first round).
Alexander Bublik (KAZ): No. 56 ===========> No. 49 (Back into the top 50 for the funky 23-year-old, who upset Félix Auger-Aliassime in the first round in Hamburg. He eliminated a down-in-the-dumps Gaël Monfils in the first round of Roland Garros Monday).
Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 66===========> No. 61 (The 26-year-old lefty, who turned pro just four years ago, is at a career high after starting the “restart” at No. 91. He went from the qualies to the quarters in Rome. And as a special exempt, beat Yoshihito Nishioka (a tough out on clay – as Auger-Aliassime found out Monday – in the first round of Hamburg before going down in three to Bautista Agut in Hamburg).
Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 75 ===========> No. 68 (Vesely moves up, and also is into the second round in Paris after a win over Liam Broady).
Thiago Monteiro (BRA): No. 89 ===========> No. 84 (Monteiro went from the qualifying to the final at the Forli Challenger, losing two tiebreaks to 18-year-old Italian rising star Lorenzo Musetti).
Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 96 ===========> No. 90 (The South African was a semifinalist in Forli, retiring to Musetti down 1-4 in the third set).
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 180 ===========> No. 138 (The 18-year-old has had quite a time on the clay in the last few weeks, jumping 42 spots to a career high after winning the Forli Challenger. He made a lot of noise the previous week in Rome, where he won three roundsof qualifying, beat Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori back-to-back in the first two rounds before losing to Koepfer. Musetti was at No. 284 when he started up again on Challenger circuit in August).